The Middlesex-London Health unit offers a variety of free parenting groups and classes. These are great for parents who have some questions or need some support. Whether you’re expecting a baby, just beginning motherhood, or raising a teenager, there is a class for parents with children of all ages. There are three different categories of classes and groups:
Preparing for Parenthood
This prenatal class is for pregnant women and their partners. It is meant to help make the transition to parenthood as smooth as possible and provide parents with the information they need. Learn about community resources, time management, sleep deprivation, effective communication with your partner, making time for yourself, and more. The class is facilitated by a public health nurse and a male facilitator with expertise in family dynamics. This class is held once each month.
This is a 4-week program for first-time moms and their babies aged 0-6 months. This is a relaxed and supportive environment where moms and their babies can meet others, share their stories, learn some new things, be made aware of community resources, and ask whatever questions they may have. Topics may include sleeping, crying, development, growth, nutrition, safety, transition to parenting, and more. There are numerous 4-week blocks that are offered from now until December.
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)
This is a program that supports parents through their many challenges, no matter what it might be. These groups are offered at a one-on-one level, small group, or larger group setting. There are categories for parents of children in numerous stages, including children 1-5, 2-5, 5-12, and 12-18. Classes vary depending on the child’s age. For example, there is a class on developing good bedtime routines for children ages 2-5, and dealing with rudeness and disrespect for children ages 12-18.